Exterior design of the X-Class.
“Like no other pickup, the X-Class manages being both tough and stylish, and is thus hot and cool at the same time. With its puristic and yet extremely emotional design, the X-Class is following a radically new approach for pickups”, says Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. With its progressive design, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class manages the fine balance between being both robust and stylish. As such, it brings a wind of change to the mid-size pickup segment, opening it up to new customer groups. The X-Class embodies the new and enhanced Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of Sensual Purity. Its purist design emphasises the surfaces and features stripped-down, extremely precise design elements to create an emotive, elongated silhouette packed with dynamic energy – and almost unlimited functionality.
Athletic and long body full of dynamic.
Thanks to its long wheelbase, the short and cladded front overhang, the backward shifted passenger compartment and the very long rear overhang, the pickup has an elongated vehicle body which exudes pure dynamism. The design of the side windows with their dynamic kink along the beltline and taut lines contrasting with muscular, sculpted surfaces also allude to the longitudinal dynamics. Widely flared wheel arches, the commanding front and the purist design of the rear all accentuate the impression of width. Together they give the pickup a powerful on-road presence and make reference to the X-Class’s excellent lateral dynamics.
Powerful and commanding front.
The front has the masterful look of the brand’s typical SUVs – with the centrally positioned star, twin-louvre radiator grille, high and powerfully honed bonnet and the headlamps extending into the wings. The headlamps with their design idiom, clearly defined contours and high-quality modelled details are another compelling visual feature. Besides their striking look with the brand’s hallmark torch effect, they provide safety at night and in poor weather conditions.
The headlamp unit also contains LED side lights and daytime running lights. High beam on the inside works using a reflector system and low beam on the outside uses projector-beam technology. Rounding off the unmistakeable face of the Mercedes-Benz pickup are two standard-fit fog lamps in the front apron, which blend in harmoniously in the overall front design.
Purist rear with integral step.
To conveniently access the cargo area for loading and unloading, the bumper has an integral step. If the standard 90-degree tailgate opening is not enough, as an option the X-Class can be ordered without the rear bumper. Then the tailgate opens to 180 degrees. The X-Class is the only mid-size pickup to be equipped with lighting in the cargo area as standard. The third brake light contains LED lights which illuminate the whole load bed.
Interior design of the X-Class.
In the interior, the X-Class elevates comfort and quality feel to a new level within the segment for mid-size pickups. The Mercedes-Benz specific cockpit features a large trim element, round ventilation outlets and a freestanding central display, it exudes high quality and a sense of modern luxury. Emphasising width, the clear interior shape of the X-Class radiates strength and exclusivity simultaneously. The instrument panel has a dynamic form with a concave trim element stretching across its entire width – a novel feature in this vehicle segment.
This look of open-pore wood or sporty aluminium makes for an exciting contrast with the vehicle’s robustness. To complement the high-quality feel, the upper section of the cockpit is available with ARTICO man-made leather in either black or nut brown with lavish topstitching. The characteristic round ventilation outlets add a sporty touch. Depending on the design and equipment line, these come in either high-gloss black or silver shadow, creating a high-end cool touch effect. More information about the X-Class: here.